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Archive For December, 2008

IGF Mobile Announces Judges For 2008 Competition

December 23, 2008 4:17 PM | Simon Carless

[Still blasting with IGF Mobile in its second year, thanks to organizer Mathew Kumar, and here's who we have judging the cellphone, iPhone, 'homebrew'/indie PSP and DS competition this year.]

Organizers of the Independent Games Festival Mobile have named the judges for the second annual Independent Games Festival Mobile.

IGF Mobile (created by Gamasutra parent company Think Services) is the event which celebrates innovation in games for cellphones, the iPhone, and other mobile devices, including Sony’s PlayStation Portable and the Nintendo DS.

This year, the event is proud to announce that the list of judges will consist of independent mobile game developers -- including several winners of IGF Mobile awards -- and leading journalists working within the mobile games industry.

They are to help award $30,000 in prizes -- including a $10,000 Best iPhone Game award -- at this sister event to the IGF, and to take place at Game Developers Conference 2009 next March in San Francisco.

Confirmed judges for the second annual IGF Mobile event are:

Spirits of Metropolis

December 23, 2008 3:16 PM | Paul Eres

Mr. Chubigans, who created Ac!dbomb/Shellblast, Sandbox of God, Vivid Conceptions, Ore no Ryomi, and other classic Game Maker games, has released a Match-3 style game, Spirits of Metropolis. I played through the demo and it kept my attention longer than most games in that genre do. Even if you hate casual games it might be worth checking out, as the gameplay was a bit more varied and challenging to me than most games in that genre.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Beta

December 22, 2008 8:59 PM | Tim W.

Petri had already started sending out the beta version of Crayon Physics Deluxe as an early Christmas gift to customers who pre-ordered the game. You can also pop by the newly-installed Kloonigames forums to discuss about CPD, post feedback and even share levels with other users before the game is officially released sometime next year.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Beta is here (Kloonigames)

Indie Game of the Year 2008 (Bytejacker)

December 22, 2008 11:25 AM | Tim W.

Here it is - ten of the best freeware indie games released in 2008, as voted by you.

Free Indie of the Year 2008 (Bytejacker)
Top 10 Indie Video Games for the Holidays (Wolfire Blog)
2008 Strategy Game of the Year (GameTunnel)
2008 Action Game of the Year (GameTunnel)
2008's Best Indie and Overlooked (The Offworld)

Preview: Mondo Teaser (cactus)

December 22, 2008 10:45 AM | Tim W.

Another preview clip for cactus' next game in the Mondo series.

Mondo Teasers (Cactus Squid)

Interview: Al Lowe (Noise to Signal)

December 20, 2008 10:24 AM | Tim W.

A rare interview with Al Lowe (conducted by Phil Reed), in which they talk about everything other than his past involvement with Sierra. Read about Al's thoughts on game development, puzzle design, marketing your product on a shoestring budget, and the AGS scene in this lengthy article posted on Noise to Signal a couple of weeks ago. (source)

The NTS Interview: Al Lowe

Preview: Owlboy (D-Pad Studios)

December 20, 2008 8:47 AM | Tim W.

First gameplay video from D-Pad Studios' Owlboy, an upcoming 2D platformer for Windows and Xbox Live Arcade.

Owlboy makes his game footage debut (Destructoid)
Destructoid interview: Owlboy

Interview: Edmund McMillen (Bytejacker)

December 18, 2008 9:41 AM | Tim W.

A length interview with Edmund McMillen about education, Gish, and his CD - This is a Cry for Help.

Edmund McMillen Interview (Bytejacker)

Preview: Flower (thatgamecompany)

December 18, 2008 12:26 AM | Tim W.

The 1UP crew previews thatgamecompany's upcoming PSN release, Flower.

1UP Show: Flower Preview
Flower videos, Flower trailers

2008 Game Developers Choice Awards Opens Nominations

December 17, 2008 11:17 PM | Simon Carless

[Over at big sister site Gamasutra, we've just opened nominations for the 2008 Choice Awards, so if you're a developer and would like to vote on the best games of the year, with winners showcased at the big GDC ceremony in March - now's the time.]

The 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards has now opened nominations for the best games of 2008, with awards given out at GDC 2009 and Gamasutra members able to help decide nominees.

Next year’s 9th Annual Award Ceremony, will be hosted on March 25th, 2009 in the Esplanade Room in the South Hall of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, as part of Game Developers Conference 2009.

The Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in video game development, are now available for you to nominate, after logging on with your main user ID. (You can register for free if you do not currently have one.)

The Game Developers Choice Awards recognizes excellence in the art of game creation in any genre or platform. Last year's event saw Valve's Portal the recipient of three major honors, including Game of the Year, with three awards also going to 2K Boston/2K Australia's BioShock.

The 2009 award categories currently open for nominations until January 5th, 2009, are:

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